SHILLONG, Sep 06: An astounding 17 months have passed since the employees of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) saw their last pay cheque and as per the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Council, Rs 80 crore is required to clear these pending dues.
“I have also apprised the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma of the financial situation and he has assured to look into the matter,” CEM, Dipul R Marak said here on Thursday.
Marak along with the KHADC chief Hispreaching Son Shylla and JHADC chief Madonbai Rymbai had jointly paid a courtesy visit to the Chief Minister who was recently elected as new South Tura MLA after winning the just concluded by election.
He further said that the present financial crisis has not only affected the 2000 plus employees but even himself and his MDCs colleagues as well.
Asked whether his executive committee would consider downsizing the number of staff, Marak said such a decision will only be taken after a meeting to be held with the state government. “We will do whatever we are advised to,” he said.
It may be noted here that the JHADC has a total strength of 1700 staff members while the KHADC has only 700 employees.